Teaching a middle-aged dog new tricks

Printmakers Inc was founded in 1975 by eleven pioneering women artists, led by Phyllis Cohen and Barbara Romney, at the urging of  Marian Van Landingham, founder of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

They left the kids at home, told their husbands to fend for dinner, and ventured into the raw warehouse space that was the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. People thought they were crazy – or maybe just brave – to set up shop like that when women weren’t well-known in the art of fine printmaking.

Fast-forward 35 years and today you’ll find Phyllis still in action, along with eight new colleagues, hand-pulling fine art prints and making handmade artist books. Barbara left the studio in recent years, but Printmakers still honors her and other former studio members at special times, including this year’s anniversary celebration on November 14th.

What new tricks, you ask? This blog is one example. Our new website is another. And we even have a Facebook page. New artist members and new media (digital printmaking in artist books? on mylar?! oh my!) are still more examples of how we’re shaking things up a bit.

Printmakers may be 35 years old with an esteemed tradition of traditional fine art printmaking, but we’re excited to see what happens next!

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